Styrofoam surfboards: approved by shapers

Waste to Waves is an new program that recycles waste polystyrene foam into new surfboards.

Have you bought a new TV, computer or hi-fi? Turn your trash into slash by recycling your waste packaging foam – also known as styrofoam – into new products like recycled surfboard blanks.

Waste to Waves invites everyone to help create greener surfboard materials that help reduce negative impacts from surfboard production and diverting this foam/plastic trash away from the waste stream, and from our oceans, waves and beaches.

The program operates in selected surf shops in both Southern and Northern California. Waste to Waves accepts clean, white, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. This is exactly the same foam used inside EPS/epoxy surfboards.

The EPS foam is collected, recycled, and reprocessed into material which can then be used to make recycled EPS blanks. You're creating the demand for more sustainable surfboards.

Shaping is not always as smooth as virgin EPS, but any skilled shaper with sharp tools will have no problem doing the job. 70% of the impact from EPS foam comes from the raw materials themselves, so using a recycled material is the best way to reduce impact.